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Montana adds 27 COVID deaths, 1,063 cases
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Montana adds 27 COVID deaths, 1,063 cases

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Montana added another of 1,063 COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths according to a Friday morning update to the state's case mapping and information website.

The 1,063 cases is the most the state has reported in a single day, and the first time the state has added more than 1,000 cases in one day.

The previous single day high was on Oct. 22 when the state reported 932 cases.

The new cases bring the state's active case total to a 10,450 and the state's death total to 364 people.

The 27 deaths is the most the state has reported in a single day. Since Monday the state has reported 61 deaths. Half of all COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in October.

Roosevelt County reported 11 additional deaths on Friday to the state map, bringing the total in the county to 31 deaths. 

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to each family affected by these passings," wrote Patty Presser, the county health department director, in a press release.

Yellowstone County reported four deaths bringing the total in the county to 92, three deaths were reported after a record review, according to RiverStone Health.

On Wednesday, a man in his 70s died in a local hospital. The county also reports one death each on Oct. 13, Oct. 10, and Sept. 22. The three women, two in their 80s and one in her 90s, all died at senior living facilities.

Yellowstone County accounts for about a quarter of all deaths in the state. 

“In 29 days, 23 families in our community have known the pain of losing a loved one to COVID-19,” said Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton.

Other counties reporting deaths Friday include: 

  • Cascade County with two (15 people total)
  • Carter County with two (two people total)
  • Daniels County with two (three people total)
  • Gallatin County with one (seven people total)
  • Glacier County with three (16 people total)
  • Lake County with one (five people total)
  • Missoula County with one (16 people total)

Not all county death totals on the state website are always completely current as the state and counties work to reconcile and report data.

Likewise, active case counts reported to the state map may vary from what local counties are reporting. Check with your county health department for the most current case numbers. 

The state website relies on information from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

In total, 31,916 have tested positive for COVID-19 since March.

Since Oct. 1, when the state’s cases totaled 13,500, the state has seen 18,416 new cases, averaging 613 new cases per day.

Yellowstone County added 207 new cases on Friday, the most the county has added in a single day, and it still leads the state with 2,313 active cases. 

Cascade and Gallatin Counties both reported more than 100 cases each on Friday. Seventeen counties have 100 or more active cases.

Statewide 357 people were reported to be actively hospitalized Friday morning.

As of Friday, among people who have been infected with COVID-19 in Montana, 21,102 people were considered recovered, meaning they have met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for a person with COVID-19 to be released from isolation.

Another 5,022 tests were completed by Friday, bringing the state's testing total to 492,629 tests.

Counties reporting additional cases on Friday include:

  • Yellowstone County with 207 (2,313 active)
  • Gallatin County with 143 (962 active)
  • Cascade County with 142 (1,240 active)
  • Flathead County with 93 (668 active)
  • Missoula County with 90 (910 active)
  • Lewis and Clark County with 36 (778 active)
  • Rosebud County with 36 (90 active)
  • Powell County with 31 (155 active)
  • Glacier County with 30 (143 active)
  • Roosevelt County with 19 (373 active)
  • Fallon County with 17 (37 active)
  • Silver Bow County with 17 (111 active)
  • Dawson County with 16 (96 active)
  • Deer Lodge County with 16 (173 active)
  • Carbon County with 13 (42 active)
  • Musselshell County with 13 (31 active)
  • Big Horn County with 12 (224 active)
  • Valley County with 12 (76 active)
  • Hill County with 10 (392 active)
  • Stillwater County with 10 (65 active)
  • Phillips County with nine (34 active)
  • Ravalli County with nine (319 active)
  • Madison County with eight (33 active)
  • Sheridan County with seven (24 active)
  • Jefferson County with six (65 active)
  • Lake County with six (201 active)
  • Lincoln County with six (96 active)
  • Broadwater County with five (62 active)
  • Custer County with five (117 active)
  • Fergus County with five (53 active)
  • Sweet Grass County with five (29 active)
  • Carter County with four (40 active)
  • Chouteau County with four (59 active)
  • Park County with four (59 active)
  • Blaine County with three (100 active)
  • Richland County with three (54 active)
  • McCone County with two (eight active)
  • Meagher County with two (17 active)
  • Toole County with two (15 active)
  • Daniels County with one (19 active)
  • Garfield County with one (four active)
  • Liberty County with one (four active)
  • Powder River County with one (16 active)
  • Teton County with one (nine active)

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